Attending a Sioux Falls Canaries baseball game? Expect these changes.

The Canaries enter their 30th season of independent minor league baseball this year, and their second under new owners Brian Slipka and Anthony Albanese.

Year one was a year of evaluation. For the new owners to learn their team, their community, and the relationship between the two. Basically, to get a handle on just what they’d bought and how to make it work.

As anyone who’s been to a largely empty Sioux Falls Stadium over the last could’ve told them, there was plenty of work to be done. But the good news for Canaries fans and those who play and work for them is the new owners haven’t been scared away by that prospect. They’re digging in. Investing more money. A lot more money. And with the season fast approaching, those working for the new owners are already thrilled about the direction things are going.

The baseball field is torn up while new turf is installed on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at the Canaries' baseball stadium in Sioux Falls.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air,” said longtime general manager Duell Higbe.

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Now, you’ve heard all of this before. The Birds have changed owners every few years and no one ever buys a baseball team with the intention of letting it fail. But by now fans (and players and coaches) are used to new owners buying the team, tweaking the formula a little and hoping the right gimmick will bring people back to the Birdcage, only to give up and sell after a few years.

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